Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sassuolo in Serie A on Wednesday, with Maxime Lopez’s stoppage-time winner stunning Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
The hosts were well off the pace in the first half and fell behind to a fine team goal from Sassuolo two minutes before the break, with Davide Frattesi finishing well when put through on goal.
Juve stepped it up in the second half with Juan Cuadrado having a powerful effort cleared off the line while Federico Chiesa also missed with a header.
Juventus have lost more ground in the Serie A title race after they were beaten 2-1 by Sassuolo
Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi gave the visitors a shock lead just before the half-time interval
Frattesi burst into the box and fired a superb powerful finish into the far corner for the lead
Juventus drew level in the 76th minute when Weston McKennie scored a thunderous header
McKennie celebrates with delight as Juventus seemed to have found a way back into the game
Maxime Lopez stole three points though when he chipped the goalkeeper in stoppage time
Sassuolo players hug each other in delight at full time after claiming three unlikely points
Juventus: Perin, Danilo (Kulusevski 80), Bonucci, De Ligt, De Sciglio (Sandro 13), Chiesa, McKennie, Locatelli (Arthur 80), Rabiot (Cuadrado 46), Dybala, Jorge 63).
Subs not used: Szczesny, Chiellini, Ramsey, Pellegrini, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Bentancur.
Goals: McKennie 76
Sassuolo: Consigli, Muldur (Harroui 87), Ayhan, Ferrari, Rogerio, Frattesi (Toljan 72), Lopez, Berardi, Raspadori (Scamacca 62), Traore (Chiriches 86), Defrel (Henrique 72).
Subs not used: Goldaniga, Magnanelli, Peluso, Samele, Satalino, Pegolo.
Goals: Frattesi 44, Lopez 90+4
Booked: Traore, Rogerio, Berardi, Defrel, Muldur
The equaliser finally came when American Weston McKennie powered a header into the net in the 76th minute, much to the relief of everyone in the Juventus Stadium.
Juve threw everything at Sassuolo to find a winner, but they were caught on the break in the 95th minute, as Lopez raced clear before lofting a fine finish into the net to secure victory for his team.
The surprise defeat, Juve’s first in 10 matches in all competitions, dropped Allegri’s side to seventh in the standings with 15 points.
They trail leaders AC Milan by 13 points after 10 games. Sassuolo climbed to ninth, a point adrift of Juve.
‘There are games that if you don’t win you can’t afford to lose,’ Allegri told DAZN.
‘A draw would have meant we extended the unbeaten run and we would not have lost twice at home (this season) already.
‘We have to be realistic. We have to play in another way and be more careful, especially if you meet teams like Sassuolo.’
Elsewhere in Serie A on Wednesday, Atalanta moved up to fourth after coming from behind to beat Sampdoria 3-1, while Antonin Barak’s late penalty earned Hellas Verona a 1-1 draw at Udinese.
Allegri challenged his side to get among the goals against Sassuolo, with Juve having not scored more than once in a match in their previous five encounters.
But even with forwards Alvaro Morata, Chiesa and Paulo Dybala all starting, they struggled to create many clear cut chances.
Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio was forced off early on because of injury in Turin
Juventus had the better of the first half and Alvaro Morta tried his luck from a tight angle
Sassuolo were resilient defensively with no less than four players closing Adrien Rabiot down
Federico Chiesa was also unable to influence things early on as Sassuolo eventually scored
Frattesi roars with delight after giving the visitors an unlikely lead with a powerful effort
Dybala did almost break the deadlock with a fizzing strike from distance that clipped the outside of the post in the first half, before Frattesi made his moment count.
Visiting goalkeeper Andrea Consigli was keeping Juve at bay, as were several last-ditch defensive interventions, before McKennie’s first of the season levelled things up, on the end of a pinpoint Dybala cross.
Juve pressed for that winner but with everyone committed down the other end of the pitch, they were left short at the back as Sassuolo picked up their first-ever win in the Juventus Stadium thanks to Lopez’s calm finish under pressure.
Manuel Locatelli struggled to make his mark as he took on his former club with Juventus
Substitute Kaio Jorge attempted an overhead kick but saw his acrobatic effort go well wide
Juventus eventually got back on level terms when McKennie powered a header into the net
But they were left pointless when Lopez ran through on goal and chipped the ball into the net
The Sassuolo coaching staff go wild after watching their players claim a shock victory